The Joyce Layland LGBT Centre

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**We are currently undertaking some work on our online presence. A new website will be coming soon and will be hosted via the charity that runs the LGBT Centre; The Proud Trust (formerly LGBT Youth North West). Feel free to browse but please get in touch for more up-to-date and accurate information. Thank you**

Welcome to the Joyce Layland LGBT Centre's website. The Centre works with many Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans* groups and individuals in Manchester and from further afield.

Our work aims to meet the needs of LGBT people, their friends, families, schools and allys. A range of grassroots and community groups run from the Centre offering a safe, friendly and welcoming environment.

On the website we will let you know what is happening and when, we will introduce you to Joyce Layland after whom the Centre was named, and provide contact details if you, or anyone you know, might like to use our facilities. 

trans* is an an umbrella term that refers to all of the identities within the gender identity spectrum.  There’s a ton of diversity there, but we often group them all together (e.g., when we say “trans* issues).  Trans (without the asterisk) is best applied to trans men and trans women, while the asterisk makes special note in an effort to include all non-cisgender gender identities, including transgender, transsexual, transvestite, genderqueer, genderfluid, non-binary, genderless, agender, non-gendered, third gender, two-spirit, bigender, and trans man and trans woman.

Building Use Statement

The LGBT Centre will be a space for young people and adults that doesn’t exist anywhere else, for people who feel they don’t fit in elsewhere - they can be welcome here. It’s accessible and ideal for organisations who have limited budget. The outreach work we do is very important and it provides a hub for that. It’s outside of the village for groups who want to be away from there, but not a million miles away, so not isolated. It’s a dry space and a safe space for LGBTQI young people. Having the café gives us a new level of accessibility and a pathway for ‘soft contact’ to the services and provisions we provide without turning up ‘cold’ to a new group, they can begin to feel comfortable in the space before they make the transition to service user.


Centre users and staff have said:  Opportunity, family, inclusion and involvement in LGBT and wider family, my favourite place on earth. The most comfortable and positive places I have worked. Lots of shared ideas, and some good debates around things we don’t always have the same view on. A space to value each other’s experiences and differences. Inclusive space and safe, including safe to challenge. Important to have a space that is quirky, and is a comfortable space to open up. And it’s affordable. The space is just for us, when we are in we don’t have to share and it makes people feel special and safe. It’s bright including bright colours, makes it feel relaxed and comfortable and inviting. It’s a building without expectations, you can be who you are and who you want to be here.

The Joyce Layland LGBT Centre, 49-51 Sidney St., Manchester, M17HB

Answerphone: 0161 222 0766